I've always been forthright on the facts of medication in our household. As in, I take a shitload, and so does the Boy. Most of my meds are heart or asthma related, but there is that Effexor that makes me a pleasant human being, and I do have some Xanax for flying and other freak-out moments. The Boy has even more fun drugs, all of them prescription. One in particular, you know, the one that begins with an R, is deemed the most dangerous drug in the world for our children to take. Yup, Ritalin. He takes it in two different forms, as a long lasting capsule with a pump in it, called Concerta, and then regular tablet form in the afternoons for the ability to concentrate on the homework he never does, and honestly, to keep me from killing him.
The Girl won't even take tylenol. She's totally anti-medication.
Anyhow, we've had popular street meds in our house for years and I've never really worried about it. Or thought about it for that matter. We leave mine in my medicine cabinet, and the Boy's on a shelf in the living room. Or we did until today. For it dawned on me that this was a really stupid thing to do, especially with teens coming in and out of our house on a daily basis.
I don't think my kid's friends are inherently dishonest or would be drug pushers if they could, but having bottles of medication sitting in front of them isn't safe. I worry that a kid might go into the bathroom, open the medicine cabinet, and help themselves to my meds without knowing how dangerous that could be. Some of the meds I take are very serious drugs and aren't to be taken lightly, never mind without a heart condition. But how would a kid know that?
Today I made the Boy put his meds into a drawer, out of sight of anyone interested in "borrowing" some pills to sell or take. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with mine. I don't have a medicine cabinet that locks, and I don't think there is any way to make mine lock. Replacing it would mean taking down quite a bit of tile, and I'm not willing to do that either. A lock box is possible, but if my meds aren't right in front of me, I forget to take them. I'm not great at medicine compliance in the best situation, so moving them seems stupid to me.
I'm kind of out of ideas.
The point of this is, if you have teen babysitters or teens of any stripe that enter your home, have you thought about the safety of your medications? I don't know what the liability issues are, but I have a feeling that if a kid took your medicines in your home, a parent might sue. Anyone know about the legality of this?
Scares the shit out of me to think that a kid might help themselves to my meds. But I'm pragmatic. I know it's going to happen, it is the nature of teens to do incredibly stupid and thoughtless things, thinking themselves invincible. I don't want it to happen to me, and I don't want it to happen to you, either. Stumble It! JBlog Me